Capsicums are the sweet cousins of chillies, so if you can’t handle the heat, grow capsicums instead!  They’re a great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, so they’re great for your health and look fab in the garden, too. Also, did you know the only difference between green and red fruit is the maturity? Red is more mature and sweeter - all the more reason to leave them on the plant until ripe for picking! 

How to grow capsicum in a garden

  1. Choose a spot that receives plenty of sun and is well protected from strong winds  
  2. Prior to planting, improve your soil by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.  
  3. Sow seeds direct or start them in pots or trays filled with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Firm down and keep moist. Transplant seedlings when 5-7cm high.
  4. As seedlings grow, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food and make sure they are well watered. A layer of organic mulch, such as sugar cane will help hold moisture in the soil. 


How to grow capsicum in a pot

  1. Choose a good sized pot, at least 500mm diametre and position in a sunny spot  that’s well protected from strong winds
  2. Fill seed raising trays with Yates Seed Mixing Mix, sow seeds, firm down and keep moist. Once seedlings are 5-7cm tall, fill pot with Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter and transplant one plant per pot as it will need room to grow. 
  3. Feed seedlings weekly with Yates Thrive Tomato Liquid Plant Food

Yates varieties

Capsicum Giant Bell

Bright green glossy fruit changing to a rich sweet red at maturity. Can be eaten at any stage. Grows vigorously.

Growing tips

  • Capsicums are usually self supporting but heavy crops may require some support for the plants. Take care when hammering in stakes – keep them well outside the root area.

  • In areas with really hot summers, consider using a 30-50 per cent shade cloth to prevent sun scald.

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